Brian Dukhna, Brandon Persaud see Lower Corentyne through to the final
As the Berbice Cricket Board restarted its cricket season after a lengthy lay off due to the inclement weather, action got underway on Sunday with play in the Annual Republic Bank 2013 Under-17 Inter Zone competition with one match at the Cumberland Ground, East Canje.
Half centuries from Berbice Under-17 batsmen Brian Dukhna and Brandon Persaud together with Dukhna and Daniel Lewis taking three wickets apiece, spearheaded Lower Corentyne to victory over West Berbice on first innings to advance to the final in their drawn semi-final encounter.
The game began one hour late due to some rain, which caused the first innings limitation of overs for both teams to be reduced from 60 to 53. Lower Corentyne won the toss and chose to take first strike. They soon found themselves at 48 for 4 before Brandon Persaud and Navendra Permaul put on a valuable 38 for the fifth wicket after which Permaul fell for 16 and Persaud for 52 in quick succession, leaving Lower Corentyne on 88 for 6.
However, Daniel Samaroo joined Dukhna and the two of them halted the slide and featured in an unbroken stand of 80 for the 7th wicket to see Lower Corentyne ending their first innings on 168 for 6 off their allotted 53 Overs. Dukhna ended on 53 not out and Samaroo 29 not out, medium pacer Imran Imtiaz took 2 for 19.
When West Berbice began their first innings, they had a promising start of 16 from Randy Wade (18) and Adrian Singh (9), but they quickly found themselves in trouble at 32 for 3. Berbice Under-17 all-rounder Grisean Grant and Kris Ramnarine gave them some hope with a 27 run 4th wicket partnership. Grant then fell for 23 and Ramnarine 10 as they slipped to 63 for 5, a position from which they never recovered.
Off-spinner Lewis and left arm spinner Dukhna ripped through the lower order to see them losing the last five wickets for just 9 runs and eventually all out for 72. Lewis ended with 3 for 13, Dukhna 3 for 18 and medium pacer Navendra Permaul 2 for 18.
In the time available, Lower Corentyne reached 37 without loss batting a second time.
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